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Bad Bentheim

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Bad Bentheim

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Bad Bentheim seen from Burg Bentheim.

Bad Bentheim is a town in the state of Lower Saxony. It is a picturesque medieval town that sits on a hill close to the border with the Netherlands, and a popular regional destination due to its imposing castle and its sulphur springs.


The county of Bentheim is known to exist since at least 1050. It was converted to Protestantism in 1544 by Count Arnold II of Bentheim-Steinfurt. In 1865, Bentheim gained town rights; one year later, it would be taken over by Prussia, and it belongs to Germany until nowadays. The word "Bad" was added to the town's name in 1979, as its status of spa town was recognized. Among the visitors of the sulphur springs were Otto van Bismark (which has a statue in Downtown), Kaiser Wilhelm I, Queen Emma of the Netherlands and her daughter Wilhelmina.

Nowadays, Bad Bentheim is a popular local tourism destination of the Dutch-German border. A visitor can easily spend a day or a weekend there, visiting the castle and the downtown, walking in the forests, and relaxing at the thermal springs.

Get in[edit]

Trains to Bad Bentheim depart from Hengelo (in the Netherlands) and from Osnabrück (in Germany). By car, the town can easily be accessed by Auto-bahns 30 and 31. Going by bicycle from nearby cities (like Enschede) is also perfectly possible.

Get around[edit]

Bad Bentheim is small enough to be explored on foot. The distance between downtown and the mineral therme is about 2 km. Cycling around the town should be easy, but the town itself sits on a hill.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Burg Bentheim, (1 km south of the train station), [1]. 10AM-6PM. This medieval castle is the largest in northwest Germany. Inside, it hosts an alchemy museum, a museum of historical objects, and a chariot museum. Over the castle walls there is also a nice panoramic view of the town and of the adjacent garden. € 4,00.  edit
  • Schlosspark, (on the side of Burg Bentheim). Pleasant park located just on the side of Burg Bentheim. The garden is more beautiful during the spring (when the flowers bloom) and the summer (when the water fountain is activated).  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Bentheimer Mineral Therme, Am Bade 1 (1 km north of the train station), +495922743800, [2]. 08AM-20PM weekends (consult for weekdays). The surphur springs spa is, together with the castle, one of the two main attractions of the town. It contains three swimming pools with thermal waters: a therapeutic, a sport, and an outdoor swimming pool. During the night, the outdoor swimming pool is colored with lights: it is a particularly interesting experience during the winter. The spa offers other activites including sauna, artificial tanning and massages. € 17 (whole day).  edit
  • Forest Bentheim, (just north of the station). The forest just north of the station (where the mineral therme is located) provides a good environment for walking and recreational cycling.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Bad Bentheim has a charming Old Downtown with various shops, including some tourist-oriented shops selling souvenirs and handcrafts. There are no big department stores, however.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Fürstenhof, Funkenstiege 1-3 (Close to Sandsteinmuseum), 0 59 22/777 99 75, [3]. Good German food restaurant in a XVI century house.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hampshire Hotel Bentheimer Hof, Bahnhof Nord 1, 48455 Bad Bentheim, +49 59 22 98 380, [4]. Very close to the railway station.  edit


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